This Saturday, I attended the annual South Providence Neighborhood Ministries (SPNM) Spelling Bee fundraiser with Chris Machado (of Academic Advancement) and Dr. Robert Hackey (professor in the and department chair of the Health Policy and Management Department). The eclectic triumvirate that we were, we battled through words such as: respirator, incendiary, crocodilian, ecclesiastical, aggrandizement, deaeration, exegetical, Sagittarius, tiramisu, pleuviousity, glycolytic, quesadilla, gnathic, resuscitable, to name but a few. Together, our team raised $200 for SPNM, and the event netted more than $2,400 for their programs serving the community.
However, we never would have won second place had it not been for the timekeeper’s wife, Doris, who sponsored us to continue spelling after losing the second round to the word: silhouette. At this spelling bee, the teams of three were allowed to collaboratively spell and write down each word. If a team misspelled a word, and there were at least 8 teams remaining, the losing team was allowed to buy their spot back. Not having any extra cash, we were sponsored to give it a second try.
What my participation in this event really demonstrates is the camaraderie between students, staff, and faculty at Providence College. In the midst of asking Dr. Hackey a question about healthcare policy making, he asked me if I wanted to participate, and I obliged. My freshman year, I had worked with Chris in editorial services, and he was just as excited to help the cause. Outside of the classroom and office, the three of us survived the War of the Words, while serving the greater community.
For more information about SPNM, visit: http://spnm.org/